April 13, 2007

bgyan 6

Juss read a pretty good book on innovation, “How innovators Connect” by Rohit Agarwal, CEO, techtribe.com . The book gives an insight on how innovators connect with idea, environment, teams, time, partners, money, customers, failure etc.. and experiences of 40 odd innovators.

Good one gives a new perspective about entrepreneurship.

The questions are taken from the chapters of the book.Answers to only those who put some effort in replying.Send in your answers to praneeth82@gmail.com

1.After returning to Stanford Joe Karus started a “loft” business, where he used pieces of lumber to raise student’s beds off the floor to maximize floor space in cramped quarters. In the early days Kraus had a sort of motto on which he built his business “Unencumbered by reality”. He co-founded excite.com during dot com era, name the other successful start up Joe karus started which was acquired by Google in 2006

2.Identify this guy, who have been involved with Google from inception

3.Which company hosts “poster lunches”, where people write up ideas and at the end vote on their favorite one

4.“The Way to Market Leadership” is a book written by which company’s founder about there company’s success

5.Joe Kraus instituted a hiring philosophy that he called “No false Positives” at which company. It is a screening process that disqualified people who may have worked out, but would not be accepted by rest of the team

6.The primary strategy of Garage ventures is to find “Two guys or gals in a garage doing the next product or service that regular people will use”. Name the famous founder of this VC firm

7.Hack program, is an initiative by which company that encourages innovative input from all employees of the company. Once in a quarter everyone in the company is granted permission to stop business as usual and build something. At the end of 24 hours participants present their ideas in 90 seconds. After its resounding success the program is now open to outside customers. Hack Days are now conducted globally including one in India

8.Which company devised 1/1/1 model in which one percent of company’s equity was given to a philanthropic foundation, employees agreed to donate one percent of their paid time off to charities and the company will give one percent of their profits to ngo’s

9.Jan.B began his career as an administrative clerk at a Dutch meat packing company, after hours he learned about inventory control and stuff. He then started an accounting consultancy specializing in financial engineering. Jan spotted an opportunity for using software to automate the planning process for manufactures and founded which company in 1978

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